Live-blogging House hearing on Executive Power II

Continued from First essay here

Hearing can be watched at CSPAN

House Judiciary Committee members have made their opening statements, and witnesses have made their opening statements.  House members are now questioning the witnesses.  Here is the witness list:

Panel One

The Honorable Dennis Kucinich, Representative from Ohio

The Honorable Maurice Hinchey, Representative from New York

The Honorable Walter Jones, Representative from North Carolina

The Honorable Brad Miller, Representative from North Carolina

Panel Two

The Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman, Former Representative from New York

The Honorable Bob Barr, Former Representative from Georgia, 2008 Libertarian Nominee for President

The Honorable Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson, Founder and President, High Roads for Human Rights

Stephen Presser, Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History, Northwestern University School of Law

Bruce Fein, Associate Deputy Attorney General, 1981-82, Chairman, American Freedom Agenda

Vincent Bugliosi, Author and former Los Angeles County Prosecutor

Jeremy A. Rabkin, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Elliott Adams, President of the Board, Veterans for Peace

Frederick A. O. Schwarz, Jr., Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

UPDATE:  I overlooked jimstarro’s excellent essay this morning, “Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations”

Please, go give this some ponies  : )


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    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 20:22

    Thanks to all of you for being here!

    • Alma on July 25, 2008 at 20:23

    prosecution being applicable after he leaves office.

    • Alma on July 25, 2008 at 20:27

    Like Osama could have taken over Iraq to use for his own.

  1. All rights stripped away!  No protective measures in place in this country to truly protect us.

    • Alma on July 25, 2008 at 20:30

    just said Buchannan was the worst President because America fell apart on his watch.  Man must be living in a cave.

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 20:33

    if the Attorney Generals are protecting us from terrorists, then who is protecting us from the Attorney Generals?

  2. what you wrote.

  3. own integrity, oath, etc.?  I don’t think so!

    • Alma on July 25, 2008 at 20:41

    He wants the people to impeach Bush in November.  Like Bush is running again.  Election year BULLSHIT!!!

    • Alma on July 25, 2008 at 20:43

    was an UNsuccessful attack?  WTF?

  4. He would support it if it’s gotten going by another or others!

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 20:45

    when the hearing will be completed, and  Conyers answers, when all of the members have completed their inquiry, and not a minute later.

  5. He goes back to Clinton, as though Clinton was responsible for 9/11, etc.

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 20:53

    my video feed is frozen on Gohmert – anyone else having that problem?

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 21:01

    Conyers asked staff to remove signs from those at the hearing, or for the people to leave…

  6. on Impeachment, using Cause Calling.

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 21:20

    other countries have WMD’s, but we didn’t invade them

    Repub member grew very impatient –  

    • icosa on July 25, 2008 at 21:23

    makes me so happy I believe in Karma.

    • Alma on July 25, 2008 at 21:27
    • Alma on July 25, 2008 at 21:38

    So 2 of Cheneys 3 branches can.

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 21:40

    if, in fact, the VP is a member of Congress as Addington claimed, is he impeachable.  Fein says, yes, there is precedent for that.  So, that claim couldn’t be used as an excuse by VP, regardless of which branch he claims he’s in…

  7. Presser!

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 21:52

    they said he was Presser

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 21:59

    would impact the administration’s apparent intent to attack Iran.

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 22:12

    are the appointment of a select committee – similar to the Church Committee – and drafting legislation that addresses the use/misuse of signing statements, and secret laws coming out of the OLC.

  8. It wouldn’t take that long based on blatant and documented abuses toward Congress alone!

    • Alma on July 25, 2008 at 22:26

    They got Presser and Rabkin both to admit if info was purposly misleading that its impeachable.

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 22:26

    Presser and Rabkin to agree that if the facts are proven to be true that the administration deliberately deceived Congress, an impeachment inquiry would be justified.

    I paraphrased a lot, but that was the essence…

  9. He has two separate docs., one for Congress, one by the intelligence.  The one presented Congress didn’t include the intelligence’s assessment.  That should “prove” what Kucinich has said!

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 22:32

    views in intelligence isn’t deliberately misleading Congress…

    crowd reacts – Lungren gets fussy – Conyers says that those who continue to react will not be invited back to the hearing.

    • Alma on July 25, 2008 at 22:38

    and see what they do.  I sure hope they do something!

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 22:38

    will keep the record open for 5 days…

    I’ll try to find the transcript to post here, for those who missed the live hearing.

    • pico on July 25, 2008 at 22:39




    It’s going to be very hard to prove intent on the lying-to-war to the point that Republicans will jump on board.  But as Wexler correctly pointed out, there is no denying that this administration has been absolutely blatant in its refusal to accept Congress’ power of subpoena.

    Hit them there.  It’s not the most egregious thing they’ve done, but it’s the weakest of their defenses.

  10. I think, don’t you?

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 22:40

    at CSPAN – all 6 hours, tonight at 8:00 eastern time.

  11. missed the morning panel. But I can’t “live-blog” – guess its related to the walk and chew gum kind of limitation.

    But my reaction is that they gathered an incredibly strong panel of witnesses that SHOULD make them extremely uncomfortable with their lack of action.

    I’m not sure it changes much at this point – but I give them credit for not going easy on themselves with the testimony they invited in. A strong case was made.

  12. in the mail.

    • feline on July 25, 2008 at 22:56

    who participated here with me today.

    A special thanks to NPK, who is a much faster typer than I am!

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